Watford Borough Council is working with its partner Veolia to reopen several playgrounds and outdoor gyms following the government’s announcement to further relax COVID-19 measures from tomorrow (July 4).
All the equipment and how it could be used is currently being rigorously assessed to ensure that facilities that can safely reopen will do so this weekend.
Some others will remain closed and will undergo appropriate changes, cleaning, and maintenance.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “We are working hard to keep people safe in our town and in light of the government’s new advice, I am pleased that we will be starting to re-open our playgrounds and outdoor gyms.
“We know how popular our playgrounds and outdoor gyms are, which is why we are carefully checking them and providing residents with safety information ahead of re-opening. I urge the people in our town to keep up the good work and carry on following the NHS advice to stay safe and consider others.”
Councillor Tim Williams, portfolio holder for client services, added: “We cannot simply open them up and allow people to use as before – this just wouldn’t be safe. We are all relying on one another to be careful and sensible in how we go about our everyday lives.
“We have seen Leicester become the UK’s first local lockdown to be imposed, so it’s important for everyone to continue to follow the guidelines.”
For a list of the parks and open spaces which will be open from July 4, visit watford.gov.uk/info/20013/parks_and_recreation/49/parks_and_open_spaces
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